Sunday, November 2, 2014

It's your turn to speak

So here’s the deal.

If you agree that if kids are too young to drink, too young to smoke, too young to drive, they should also be too young to receive life sentences or to serve time with hardened criminals in adult prisons;

If you agree that it’s time for Michigan to release many of its older, medically fragile and incapacitated prisoners;

If you agree that successor judges should not have veto-power over Parole Board decisions;

If you agree that the Michigan Parole Board is taking over the sentencing role of judges in many cases, especially those involving CSC convictions;

If you agree that Michigan sentencing guidelines should be revised to better ensure that similar offenders who commit similar offenses receive similar sentences;

If you agree with national and state research that shows that simply keeping people in prison longer does not keep the public safer;

If you agree that it’s time to change Michigan’s reputation of keeping people behind bars longer than most other states;

If you agree, after reading this list, that sentencing reform and Parole Board reform must happen in the State of Michigan;

Then you gotta go to the polls!  Pure and simple.

Every time I make a presentation I find people in the audience who are vocal about state government and the Michigan Department of Corrections, but then admit that they don’t know the names of their State Representatives and State Senators.  They’ll express themselves with a loud voice in a public meeting, but have never given their opinion to a state legislator.

Your vote can and will make a difference.  Together we can bring about change.  Your chance comes on Tuesday.

If you’re not going to vote, don’t even bother to speak up on all these issues.  Your actions are so loud your words cannot be heard!

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